Cleveland Sports Insider 2:21: The Indians are charging edition
...and the Browns can't score a point...
Start off a new week with IBI's Sunday Night staple, Cleveland Sports Insiders...at 9:00 on BlogTalkRadio!!!
CSI's Jim Pete and Michael Hattery will dive right into the Cleveland Indians, who not only remain revelant, but also have managed to create some distance between themselves and the rest of the teams that are behind the Rays fighting for that last playoff spot.
The Tribe remains 5 1/2 games behind the first place Tigers, but thanks to furious rally by the Minnesota Twins who beat the Tampa Bay Rays in the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon, the Indians are only a game and a half behind both those Rays and the Texas Rangers. The Rangers are tied with the Rays as of this writing, but losing to the A's. If the A's manage to win, the Indians would only be a game behind the Rangers heading into their game with the White Sox today, if it's played.
We'll talk up the Indians, and start with Ubaldo Jimenez, who has really shocked everyone by turning back into the pitcher that dominated baseball in 2010. We'll roll through the domination of the White Sox, and talk today's game as well, whenever it starts.
The Indians also head into the week just like last week, with a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals. The Royals took two of three against the Indians, but find themselves four games back of the wildcard spot thanks to losing two of three to the Detroit Tigers.
Scott Kazmir will face off against James Shields in a rematch of last Wednesday's ballgame, while Corey Klubergoes up against Danny Duffy on Tuesday, and Danny Salazar goes up against Bruce Chen on Wednesday.
Can he win the big game?
Zach McAllister faces off against Jeremy Guthrie on Tuesday, and Scott Kazmir goes up against Royals ace James Shields on Wednesday. This is why the Royals paid big money and prospects to get all three starters facing off against the Indians. Will it pay off and demoralize the Indians chances, or will the Indians continue their march to the promised land?
The Cleveland Browns laid an absolute egg against the Baltimore Ravens, falling to 0-2 on the season. Brandon Weeden left the game with a thumb injury, and his replacement, Jason Campbell, couldn't do a thing either. While the Browns offense has been stagnant, with the exception of rookie tight end Jordan Cameron, the Browns defense again looked very good.
Barkevious Mingo is going to be special. On his first NFL play, he sacked Joe Flacco for a nine-yard loss, and was all over the place today when he was in the game.
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